Top 10 Eco-Trends in 2010

8. Floating Eco-Homes

Eco-Trend #8: Floating Eco-HomesEco-Trend #8: Floating Eco-Homes

Green boat homes are another eco-trend that is rapidly gaining popularity.  I covered one of these concepts in my post, "TrendHunter's Top 10 Eco Trends of November."  The one pictured here is the "Houseboat" by Rost Niderehe Architects of Germany.  It combines all the elements of an on-ground home with the concept of a floating houseboat.  Other architects and designers are hopping on board this eco-trend, including Robert Harvey Oshatz with his Fennel Residence and Joanna Borek-Clement with her Tafoni Floating House.

7. Zero-Energy Homes

Eco-Trend #7: Zero-Energy HomesEco-Trend #7: Zero-Energy Homes

The goal of zero-energy homes is not to consume zero energy but to produce the same amount of energy as they consume.  Pictured here is the concept for "The Ribbon" by Fab-Homes, which "focuses on connecting with the outdoors [and] extending the natural living space onto the green roof garden patio."  This is just one example of a "two-way passive house" that claims to not just conserve energy consumption, but essentially neutralize it.

6. Green Roofing

Eco-Trend #6: Green RoofingEco-Trend #6: Green Roofing

This is another trend that has been cropping up in many of my posts, especially during my segment on green building wherein I covered green alternatives to traditional roofing.  Conventional roofing doesn't absorb heat or water, but green roofs take care of both.  Generally used in urban areas that have limited space for heat and water absorption, green roofs, aka "rooftop gardens," are planted on existing roof structures and also help reduce indoor temperatures, filter pollution, lessen pressure on sewer systems, and reduce the "heat island effect," a phenomenon that occurs in metropolitan areas causing them to be much warmer than surrounding areas.

5.  High-Speed, Electric Cars

Eco-Trend #5: High-Speed, Electric CarsEco-Trend #5: High-Speed, Electric Cars

Electric cars were once categorized as both eco-friendly and unfortunately slow.  However,  "slow" is no longer going to be an applicable description of electric cars as advances are steadily being made to bring such cars up to speeds comparable to that of their gasoline-powered counterparts.  Pictured here is Ecotriciy's "Nemesis," a car a featured in this November posting.  Here's a car that is not only electric, but also wind-powered and can top speeds of the Ferrari V12.  Reaching speeds up to 170-mph, the Nemesis also goes from 0-100 in 8.5 seconds.  Slow electric cars are steadily becoming a thing of the past as this eco-trend gains staying power.